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BACARDÍ Piña Colada

The Piña Colada Cocktail is a tiki classic through and through. It’s the tropical drink most tourists turn to when they are flat-out on a lounger enjoying the summer sun, but few know it has quite such a swashbuckling history.

The national drink of Puerto Rico has been reincarnated many times – most famously as a very sweet and alcoholic concoction in a long glass with a pineapple garnish and umbrella.

Why is it called the
Piña Colada?

Some believe the rum-based cocktail – in its crudest form - was created by a pirate named Roberto Cofresi in the early 19th century to boost morale on a long voyage. Sadly, there is no evidence of this as any recipe Cofresi followed died with him.

Fast-forward a century and two Caribe Hilton bartenders (Ramón “Monchito” Marrero Pérez and Ricardo García) claim they invented the Piña Colada we’ve come to recognise in 1954.

The latter said a coconut-cutters’ union strike forced him to get inventive when he could no longer serve the popular rum, ice and coconut cream cocktail in a coconut shell. Instead, he turned to the trusty pineapple and started adding strained pineapple juice to the drink. To add further weight to his story, Piña Colada is a loose translation of ‘strained pineapple.’

Whoever you choose to believe, it wasn’t until the widespread use of electric blenders and proliferation of tiki bars in the 1970s that the Piña Colada Drink really hit the mainstream.

BACARDÍ Piña Colada

ingredients

How to Make a
BACARDÍ Piña Colada

  1. Place the pineapple chunks into a cocktail shaker and crush them lightly (using a muddler or bar spoon).
  2. Then pour in the pineapple juice and coconut water and stir it all up to dissolve the sugar before pouring in the BACARDÍ Superior rum.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously.
  4. Next pour the mix into a tall glass over crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple slice and leaf.

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